How to Rank Your Local Business Using Google Drive

Bing is no slouch.

Bing handles roughly 900 million searches each day and accounts for about 7.5% of search engine market share.

Since there are over 6.5 billion searches worldwide on search engines,according to data found at smartinsights.com each day, Bing is no slouch.

This article isn’t about Bing. This article is about how to rank on the current king of search engines, Google.

Google controls 10 times the search engine market share that Bing does with 77.5%. If you’re doing the math, that’s a staggering 4.5 billion of those 6.5 billion searches worldwide. Simply put, King Kong’s got nothing on Google.

While it’s important as a small business to be found by the major search engines, it’s also important to get the biggest bang for your buck. Not only does this imply being seen all over Google search but, getting as much free organic traffic as you can.

So, how can you do this?

You can do this by using Google’s G Suite along with Google Drive.

G Suite offers an amazing amount of capabilities for your business starting at $5 per user/month. Using G Suite for your business allows you to create and manage users on your account. This not only gives your team access to emails and calendars but, other Google apps too.

G Suite also gives you the ability to manage your business mobile devices so you can keep your data secure, locate devices, require passwords, and erase data. All from within G Suite.

Google Drive is Google’s cloud storage option. They start you with a hefty 30 GB but, you can upgrade that to unlimited storage for just $10 a month with G Suite. Without G Suite, you’ll pay $10 a month for 1 TB of storage.

If you’re not familiar with using G Suite for your business, you’re going to want to check it out. Especially since I’ll be talking about using Google Drive and G Suite to rank your local business.

Google’s the Fairest of Them All

Google suffers from what I call netpotism. They love themselves and their properties and apps and thereby, will select them over other results. It’s no surprise that if your business uses video you put your videos on YouTube. If you have a brick and mortar business, you want to have a Google Map. YouTube and Google Maps are Google entities

It has been said that since Google loves everything Google, they may give an unfair advantage to people that take the time to use their properties and apps.

Not to mention, Google was accused of giving their own products preference in search results which lead to an to change their business practices.

Google vs. Bing: A Test

As I started thinking about this test, I wanted to see if Microsoft would do something similar with it’s properties and apps.

I’m going to use one of my test sites and begin by creating 3 separate posts. All posts will be created using Lorem Ipsum -the Latin style nonsense words that usually act as filler on websites and documents until you add your own text – for the title, content, anchor text and the files they open.

First, I begin by making three separate posts. Post #1 will have a title, 1300 words but will link out to a Word doc inside my One Drive account.

In the Lorem Ipsum generator I select ‘Don’t start with Lorem Ipsum’ and create a 1300 word post with 5 paragraphs. I selected plain text but you can choose HTML if you want or need to.

After the Lorem Ispum generator creates my text I simply copy and paste into my site as a new post. Then I head over to SoyBomb to create my title.

I select ‘sparmythed’ for my test. If you don’t like your options in the first list, just keep generating a new list until you find the right nonsense word for you. It really doesn’t matter but, I pick words that don’t appear too close to actual words.

Now that all the writing for the post is done, it’s time to create a Word doc. I just copy and paste the 1300 words into a new Word doc. I add the word ‘Sparmythed to the top of the Word doc and the rest of the doc is exactly the same as the post on the website sharing the same name.

I save the Word doc to my hard drive and give it the same title as the article, ‘Sparmythed’.

I upload the Word doc to my One Drive account and make sure it’s ready for sharing. I create a link so I can add it to my article. Since the made up title of the post and Word doc wasn’t present in the Lorem Ipsum content, I added it. I’m using ‘Sparmythed’ as the post title, the Word doc title, and the anchor text. I add the link I received from One Drive to ‘Sparmythed’. The only optimization step I’m taking is to add ‘Sparmythed’ at the top of the page within the first 100 words.

I’m not going to add photos or tags because I’m trying to test 1 variable – if Google and Bing prefer their own properties and apps. Also, since the posts are made using Lorem Ipsum, we shouldn’t run into competition trying to rank the same nonsense words.

At this point I can publish my post. This doesn’t mean it will index. In fact, I’m certain it won’t unless I tell Google and Bing. For this test, I’m going to wait until I’ve completed all three posts before I tell the search engines.

The next step is similar to the first. I’m going to create another post using Lorem Ipsum but, this time I’ll be creating a Google doc for the link. Since I’m testing one variable, the link to Google or Bing, I want everything else to be the same.

As I did for the Word doc, I copy the Lorem Ipsum from the first post to create a 5 paragraph, 1300 word post. Like the first post, the title is ‘Sparmythed’.

Grabbing the link for the Google Doc, I create the ‘Sparmythed’ anchor text link in my post of the same name. My second test post is done and since it shares the same title as the first post, has automatically added “-2″ to the end of the URL.

Lastly, I’ll create the control page. The control page will be set up exactly the same as before, however, this page will not have any outgoing links to a test document.

With the test pages created and published on the test site, I need to index them with Google and Bing. To index my pages using Google I open Google Search Console.

If you’re not familiar with or Google Search Console, you should take some time to get to know them.

It’s been my experience that anything Google related isn’t very user friendly to learn, but there’s plenty of help online to walk you through setting things up if you get stuck.

My site is already added to Search Console so I select my test site and go to the sidebar menu to the left and select Crawl.

In the box after the URL, I type the page I want Google to ‘Fetch as Google’. I add all three test pages.

Once all the pages have been “fetched” I can hit the Request Indexing button for each page. If the URL isn’t fetched the first time, make sure you typed the correct URL into the box and try again. Google may need a couple of passes of your site to find it. If you’re still having problems, check that your robots.txt file isn’t blocking Googlebot.

It doesn’t make any difference to Google but, since I’m testing, I try to submit each page for indexing fairly quickly.

Now that my pages are on their way to indexing with Google, I need to make sure Bing knows they exist too.

I go to Bing’s toolbox and their page.

I just enter the site URL for the homepage (as requested), complete the captcha and hit the submit button. After submitting the site I get a ‘your request was successfully submitted’ message.

Now it’s time to see if the hard work pays off. I’m going to take extra steps to ensure I’m not skewing my results.

Since I want to know if Google and Bing give preference to their own properties and apps, I’m going to search for the test posts in Firefox. I’m also going to use a (virtual private network) just in case my IP address factors into what the search engines want to show me.

Next, I’ll look for the pages using Google and Bing search, in and out of their respective web browsers Chrome and Edge.

The first request for indexing was for the initial post Sparmythed. Google indexed the page at 10:09am. Sparmythed-2 indexed at 10:10:32am and Sparmythed-3 indexed at 10:10:58am.

Even though the other pages were indexed first, the control page shows up first. Here I’m using Google Search within Firefox and I’m using a VPN. I’m not signed into Google. Not long after, the post with the Word doc arrives but it ranks below the control page. 3 hours later and no results in Bing.

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